Saturday, September 28, 2013


"Cavatina" is a classical guitar piece by Stanley Myers and the theme from The Deer Hunter.
The piece had been recorded by classical guitarist John Williams, long before the film that made it famous. It had originally been written for piano but at Williams' invitation, Myers re-wrote it for guitar and expanded it. After this transformation, it was first used for the film, The Walking Stick (1970). In 1973, Cleo Laine wrote lyrics and recorded the song as "He Was Beautiful", accompanied by John Williams himself.
Following the release of The Deer Hunter in 1978, Williams' instrumental version of "Cavatina" became a UK Top 20 hit. Two other versions also made the Top 20 the same year - another instrumental recording by The Shadows, with an electric guitar played by Hank Marvin, released on their album String of Hits with the name "Theme from The Deer Hunter" (number 9 in the UK singles charts and number 1 in The Netherlands); and a vocal version (using Cleo Laine's lyrics) by Iris Williams.
The song was also recorded by Paul Potts on his debut album, One Chance.
There is a gospel version set to Cavatina called "Beautiful"; the author is Billy Evmur and it appears in the Dove On A Distant Oak Tree collection. Another vocal version with different lyrics was recorded by Vince Hill (released on the compilation The Ember Records Story Vol. 2 - 1960-1979).
In 2009, the song formed the tenth track of Camilla Kerslake's début album Camilla Kerslake.
In 2011, the song was recorded by singer Joe McElderry and guitarist Milos Karadaglic for McElderry's second album, Classic.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

My Favourite Things

"My Favorite Things" is a popular Christmas song, It was originally from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Blue Bossa

"Blue Bossa" is an instrumental jazz composition by Kenny Dorham. It was introduced on Joe Henderson's 1963 album Page One. A blend of hard bop and bossa nova, the tune was possibly influenced by Dorham's visit to the Rio de Janeiro Jazz Festival in 1961. The tune has since been recorded numerous times by different artists, making it a jazz standard.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Ame des Poetes

Song from Charles Trenet

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Three Jolie Rogues

Three Jolly Rogues is an English folk song.

A miller, a weaver and a tailor lived in King Arthur's time (or in "Good Old Colonial times"). They were thrown out because they could not sing. All three were thieves. They are suitably punished.
The Miller got drowned in a dam
The Weaver got hung in his yarn
The Tailor tripped as he ran away with the broadcloth under his arm

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Petite fleur

Well-known song from Sidney Bechet

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Drunk Scotsman

Funny song about a drunk Scotsman

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Galway Girl

A song by Steve Earle and the fantastic Sharon Shannon

Sunday, June 16, 2013

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Cowboy waltz

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Heart and Soul

"Hoagy" Carmichael (born Howard Hoagland Carmichael; November 22, 1899 – December 27, 1981) was an American composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader. He is best known for composing the music for "Stardust", "Georgia on My Mind", "The Nearness of You", and "Heart and Soul", four of the most-recorded American songs of all time.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Chega De Saudade

"Chega De Saudade" (published English version is "No More Blues") is often considered to be the first recorded bossa nova song. The music was composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim (January 25, 1927 – December 8, 1994), also known as Tom Jobim (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈtõ ʒoˈbĩ]), was a Brazilian songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, and pianist/guitarist. He was a primary force behind the creation of the bossa nova style, and his songs have been performed by many singers and instrumentalists within Brazil and internationally.
Widely known as the composer of "Garota de Ipanema" (The Girl from Ipanema), one of the most recorded songs of all time, Jobim has left a large number of songs that are today included in the standard Jazz and Pop repertoires.
"Desafinado", a Portuguese word (usually rendered into English as "Out of Tune", or as "Off Key"), is the title of a bossa nova song composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Black Orpheus

Jazz standard from Luis Bonfa

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

All of me

"All of Me" is a popular song and jazz standard written by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons in 1931.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Moon river

"Moon River" is a song composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics written by Johnny Mercer. It received an Academy Award for Best Original Song for its first performance by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany's. It also won Mancini the 1962 Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Mercer the Grammy Award for Song of the Year. Since its original performance, the song has been covered by many other artists.
It became the theme song for Andy Williams, who first recorded it in 1961 and performed it at the Academy Awards ceremonies in 1962. He sang the first eight bars at the beginning of his television show and also named his production company and venue in Branson, Missouri, after it. Williams's version was disliked by Cadence Records president Archie Bleyer, who believed it had little or no appeal to teenagers.[citation needed] Andy Williams's version never charted, except as an LP track, which he recorded for Columbia in a hit album of 1962.
The success of the song was responsible for relaunching Mercer's career as a songwriter, which had stalled in the mid-1950s because rock and roll replaced jazz standards as the popular music of the time. An inlet near Savannah, Georgia, Johnny Mercer's hometown, was named Moon River in honor of him and this song. The popularity of the song is such that it has been used as a test sample in a study on people's memories of popular songs.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


"Nuages" (French pronunciation: ​[nɥaʒ]) is one of the best-known compositions by Django Reinhardt. He recorded about thirteen versions of the song, which is a jazz standard and a mainstay of the gypsy swing repertoire. English and French lyrics have been added to the originally instrumental piece. The title translates in English as "Clouds"; though the English lyric adaptation is titled "It's the bluest kind of blues".

Saturday, April 13, 2013


Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans (born 29 April 1922, Brussels, Belgium), known as Toots Thielemans, is a Belgian jazz musician well known for his guitar and harmonica playing as well as his whistling. Thielemans is credited as one of the greatest harmonica players of the 20th century.

 A jazz standard by Toots Thielemans is "Bluesette" where he used whistling and guitar in unison. First recorded by Toots in 1962, with lyrics added by Norman Gimbel the song became a major worldwide hit.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Love Theme from "The Godfather"

"Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from The Godfather)" is a song written for The Godfather (1972), the first film in the Godfather trilogy. While its instrumental version is simply known as "The Godfather Love Theme", "Speak Softly Love" is the vocal version. The words are by Larry Kusik but the music itself is by Nino Rota. The signature musical theme that opens the piece closely models a theme that appears early in "Preludio - Povero Ernesto!" in the opera Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848). A similar melody also appears in the Overture to "La Forza del Destino" by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901). There are also different sets of lyrics for the song in Italian ("Parla Più Piano") and also in Sicilian ("Brucia La Terra"). The Sicilian version is sung by Anthony Corleone (Franc D'Ambrosio) in The Godfather Part III.
Rota had used a more comedic version of the song for the 1958 film Fortunella. When this was discovered, Rota's score for The Godfather was disqualified from consideration at the 1973 Academy Awards; it had been nominated for Best Original Score. However, Rota's score for The Godfather Part II won the 1974 Academy Award for Best Original Score, despite containing the same piece.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Mna ha h-eireann (Women of Ireland)

"Mná na hÉireann" (English: Women of Ireland), is a poem written by Ulster poet Peadar Ó Doirnín (1704–1796), popularly set in song to the tune by Seán Ó Riada (1931–1971). Mná na hÉireann is usually placed in the category of Irish rebel music. It honours the memory of the women dedicated to Ireland, specifically the Irish nationalist movement.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Rocky Road To Dublin

"Rocky Road to Dublin" is a fast-paced 19th century song about a man's experiences as he travels to Liverpool, England from his home in Tuam. The tune has a typical Irish rhythm, classified as a slip (or hop) jig in 9/8 timing, and is often performed instrumentally.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Mc Pherson's Lament (Farewell)

The words are by Robert Burns and are based on the real Jamie MacPherson's farewell which MacPherson wrote before the outlaw was hanged on November 16, 1700. He reportedly played this tune on the gallows and offerred his fiddle to anyone who could play it. Since no one took him up on the offer, he broke the fiddle. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Einsamer Hirte

Einsamer Hirte oder auch Der einsame Hirte, englisch The Lonely Shepherd, ist ein Instrumentaltitel von James Last, der in der Aufnahme mit dem rumänischen Panflötenspieler Gheorghe Zamfir bekannt wurde.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Fields Of Athenry

"The Fields of Athenry" is an Irish folk ballad set during the Great Irish Famine (1845–1850) about a fictional man named Michael from near Athenry in County Galway who has been sentenced to transportation to Botany Bay, Australia, for stealing food for his starving family. It is a widely known and popular anthem for Irish sports supporters.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013

I'm into Folk

A nice song, full of humour, from the Belgian band "The Radios"

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Little Beggarman

An irish Street Ballad, here performed by the High Kings

Saturday, February 16, 2013

EYES - Goats don't Shave

A song from "Goats don't Shave"


G – Bm – C – D - G – Bm – C – G

Em                                       G
When I was a boy, on the banks of the Moy,
           C                                          D
I went fishing one fine summer’s day
Em                                                  G
Down the patchy that strolled my heart took a roll
C                                        D
Seemed to pour past that way.
Am                           C                                         D
It was there, she sat down and we talked for a while
           Am             C                                 D
It was there I surrendered my heart to a smile.

              Em                          G
She had eyes of the purest kind
    C                            D
And lips I longed for all the time.
    Bm                    C                     D
But her cruel father tore us all apart.
Em                                   G
She could smile, put the sun to shame
     C                                       D
Still in my dreams I call her names
Bm                                 C             D           G
Lost time has failed to take her from my heart.

Her family had money, but her father had gambled
Most of his fortune away
He arranged her to marry an old gentleman
But my love she couldn’t betray.
And to where we first met brooked hearted she stroll
In the Moy she surrendered  her body and soul.

On the banks of the Moy where we once did appoint
A lonely old man now  I did stray.
Many years have gone by, but there’s not one that I
Didn’t long to return to that day.
In the pool by the banks of the Moy there’s a swan,
And they say that she talks to a lonely old man.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valse in Em

A simple, but nice waltz

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Serenade (Ständchen)

One of the most beautifull song Schubert ever wrote.

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Riquita is a French song, composed by Louis Bénech en publiced in 1926.

Thursday, January 10, 2013


Jalousie 'Tango Tzigane', is a composition by the Danish composer Jacob Gade. It was written in 1925 and soon became popular around the world.

Friday, January 4, 2013

The girl from Ipanema

"Garota de Ipanema" ("The Girl from Ipanema") is a well-known bossa nova song, a worldwide hit in the mid-1960s that won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1965. It was written in 1962, with music by Antônio Carlos Jobim and Portuguese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes. English lyrics were written later by Norman Gimbel.